How to Help
Together we can reduce the risk of youth suicide.
If you are concerned about someone, please watch the video on the right and then follow these four steps.
STEP 1: Be observant
Warning Signs and Risk Factors. If you notice any of these signs, don’t wait.
- A previous suicide attempt or self-harm
- Current talk about suicide or making a plan
- Bullied at school or through the internet
- Giving away prized possessions
- Displaying signs of depression: moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
- Recent suicide of a friend or family member
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Ready access to firearms
- Impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
- Lack of connection to friends or family
- Recent break-up with girl or boyfriend
- Discrimination due to social identity, especially within marginalized communities
- High or low academic achievement
STEP 2: Show that you care
Even though you may be nervous or feel uncomfortable, take a deep breath and be present.
- People who are feeling suicidal need to feel validated and cared for
- Listen with an open heart and mind
- Show empathy and compassion
STEP 3: Ask the tough questions
Trust your intuition. You won’t make things worse by asking directly. In fact, it helps.
- Are you thinking about killing yourself?
- Do you want to die?
- Are you thinking about how you would hurt yourself?
- Do you really want to be dead or do you need something to change?
STEP 4: Get some help
- Call The Sky Center today: 505-473-6191
- 24 hour crisis lines: 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474) / 1-855-227-5485 (tty)
- Agora Crisis Center Albuquerque, NM: 1-800-273-8255
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Response of Santa Fe: 1-888-920-6333
- Crisis Text Line: 741-741
- Emergency: 911